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->''"Benedict is this sort of beautiful, exotic creature. He’s never going to play an ordinary man, ‘cause he couldn’t. That’s not what he’s like, but he will tell the stories of great men."''
-->-- '''Creator/StevenMoffat'''

'''Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch''' (July 19, 1976-) is a British stage, film, television, and voice actor with an [[AwesomeMcCoolname awesome name]]. Despite being in the entertainment business for ten years, he skyrocketed into international stardom with his BAFTA, Golden Globe nominated and Emmy winning portrayal of Franchise/SherlockHolmes in the BBC's worldwide hit ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Lead Actor due to his role as Alan Turing in ''Film/TheImitationGame''. Now amongst the most sought-after people in showbiz, he has been hailed as one of the best actors of his generation.

Cumberbatch is well known for his ridiculously perfect cheekbones, remarkable intellect, and velvet-smooth baritone voice. ''The Times'' has described his voice as a "jaguar hiding in a cello", and the Jaguar marketing team [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdWMTMjzaik agrees]] [[http://youtu.be/RxvTUJ7VmJ0 with this]].

An unlikely sex symbol, he landed the #1 spot on ''The Sun's'' "Sexiest Man Alive" list two years in a row in 2012 and 2013 (apparently he "[[SelfDeprecation hadn't taken anything less seriously in all his life]]") by a landslide thanks to his devoted fanbase. He was also hailed by ''Empire Magazine's'' 50, 000 international readers as "World's Sexiest Actor" in 2013. It looks like brainy is the new sexy after all!

'''His notable works include:'''

* ''Film/{{Atonement}}'' as Paul Marshall, an UpperClassTwit and [[spoiler:child rapist.]]
* ''StarterFor10'' as Patrick Watts, a GentlemanSnarker and ''Series/UniversityChallenge'' team captain.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' as Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* ''ToTheEndsOfTheEarth'' as UpperClassTwit Edmund Talbot.
* ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' as Creator/StephenHawking.
** Seems to be the go-to guy for Stephen Hawking. He also did Professor Hawking's narration on the documentary Stephen Hawking's Grand Design.
*** Even when he's ''not'' playing Hawking, he can't get away from Hawking. For his first Academy Award nomination, he was beaten by Eddie Redmayne, playing...Stephen Hawking.
* ''Series/TheLastEnemy'' as Stephen Ezard, a socially inept mathematician with OCD.
* ''NathanBarley'' as Robin.
* ''Film/AmazingGrace'' as William Pitt.
* ''TheOtherBoleynGirl'' as William Carey (Creator/ScarlettJohansson's husband.)
* ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy'' as Peter Guillam.
* ''Literature/WarHorse'' as Major Jamie Stewart.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' as the voice and [[SerkisFolk motion capture]] of the dragon Smaug, as well as the Necromancer[[spoiler:/Sauron]] (reuniting with ''Sherlock'' co-star MartinFreeman).
* ''Radio/CabinPressure'' as Captain Martin Crieff, an airline pilot.
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' as Howard Carter and "Thing 2".
* ''Film/ThirdStar'' as James Kimberly Griffith, a dying man who makes one final journey.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' as [[BigBad John Harrison]]. [[spoiler: A.K.A. Khan Noonien Singh.]]
* ''Film/TheFifthEstate'' as Julian Assange.
* ''Series/{{Fortysomething}}'' as Rory Slippery.
* Creator/DannyBoyle's stage adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein|2011}}'', alternating between Victor and [[DarkIsNotEvil the Monster]].
* ''Literature/ParadesEnd'' as Christopher Tietjens, based on Ford Madox Ford's novel.
* ''Film/TwelveYearsASlave'' as William Ford, Solomon Northup's first slaveowner.
* ''Film/TheImitationGame'' as Alan Turing.
* ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'' as Classified.
* ''Jungle Book: Origins'' as Shere Khan.
* ''Film/DoctorStrange'' as Stephen Strange/[[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Doctor Strange]].
* ''Series/TheHollowCrown'' as Richard III.
!!Exhibits examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolname: His name sounds ''ludicrously British,'' not that it makes it any less awesome. It's actually a RunningGag on Tumblr that his name is so distinctive that you can refer to him using any two words that begin with B and C, and everyone will know exactly who you're talking about.
* BadassBaritone[=/=]EvilSoundsDeep: His voice is quite deep, to say the least.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The DVD of the Mini Series ''To The Ends Of The Earth'' pushed Benedict (who was the star) off of the cover in favor of Sam Neill, even though he plays a very minor character.
* DescriptionPorn: If he is to write an article, chances are it will end up having this. Just take a look at the recount of his [[http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/holiday-holmes-benedict-cumberbatch-in-the-seychelles-6372248.html diving trip]], or his thoughts on [[http://benedictsbrain.tumblr.com/post/21657520441/a-little-on-his-appreciation-for-classical-music classical music]].
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Everything's Better with Peng-Wings]][=/=]MemeticMutation: Mispronounced "penguin" throughout a documentary's scenes with the Fiordland crested penguin.
** He also voiced Classified in PenguinsOfMadagascar. HilariousInHindsight, if you ask me...
* EyeColourChange: Depending on the lighting his eyes look either blue or green due to Sectoral Heterochromia Iridum.
* FanCommunityNickname: Initially his fans called themselves Cumberbitches. After he stated that he thought that the name set feminism back (and suggested Cumberpeople), some has now moved on to:
** Cumbercollective, as coined by Ben himself
** Cumbercookies (because multiple Cumbercookies make a Cumberbatch).
** His Vietnamese fans dub themselves Qcumbers.
* ItsPronouncedTropay: Pronounces "penguins" as "peng-uings". Extremely noticeable since he's narrated a documentary on penguins and has a role in ''Film/PenguinsOfMadagascar''.
* LargeHam: Normally plays fairly reserved roles, but can hit JeremyIrons levels of ham if necessary.
* MaleFrontalNudity: The National Theatre's 2011 production of ''Theatre/{{Frankenstein|2011}}'' had Benedict Cumberbatch or Creator/JonnyLeeMiller (depending on the night) spending about 20 minutes completely nude as the Monster, as he came to life and learned how to move, walk etc.
* RunningGag: During promotion for ''Film/TheHobbit'', interviewers would bring up his voice work for Smaug, and Benedict would interject that he also did the motion-capture as well.
* SelfDeprecation: [[http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/509747/smaug In an interview]] on one of the last episodes of ''Series/TheColbertReport'', [[Film/TheHobbit Smaug]] called Cumberbatch a "hack".
* SerkisFolk: Provides motion capture and the voice for Smaug and the Necromancer in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* SesameStreetCred: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7jS7X-2ggA He made his debut]] counting with the Count and [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Murray-(arty)]].
* SirSwearsALot: is notorious for this. There are very few interviews where he is not saying "f***" every few or so words.
* TypeCasting: He has tendency to get cast as socially awkward insufferable geniuses or as the EvilBrit in Hollywood blockbusters.
* UpperClassTwit: Very good at getting cast as these, although lately he's been [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8978114/Benedict-Cumberbatch-being-posh-can-ostracise-you.html breaking away from that to avoid typecasting.]]